Home' Moorabool Matters : December 2009 Contents MOORABOOL MATTERS - COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2009 11
THE HEAT IS ON
The hot star t to November is a reminder of the precautions and
preparations needed for the summer heat. To assist the elderly,
babies, expectant mothers and those with a disability during periods
of extended heat Moorabool Shire Council has developed a heat
The policy is designed to educate the public of what steps they can
take during days of extreme heat and heat-related discomfor t.
A heatwave is generally defined as when 'temperatures remain
abnormally high over more than a couple of days'.
High temperatures may result in increased hospital admissions and
deaths (par ticularly among the elderly) relating to heat stress, sunburn
and dehydration. There may be an increase in outdoor work-related
accidents and reduced productivity. Railway lines may buckle leading
to a potential for accidents and delays in rail transpor t. A greater peak
electricity demand for air conditioners can lead to power supply
Heatwaves can impact on the population in numerous ways, both
directly and indirectly. The increased frequency and intensity of
heatwaves may cause deaths through hear t attack, stroke and heat
exhaustion. The most vulnerable are the elderly, the young, people
under intense physical stress and those with cardiovascular disease.
Preliminary research has indicated that a mean daily temperature of
30°C or a minimum overnight temperature in Moorabool of 26°C
can result in an increase in mor tality in people aged 65 year s and over.
Council has worked closely with many agencies including the
Depar tment of Health, Australian Red Cross, Ambulance Victoria,
recreational development (local swimming pools) and health care
facilities to ensure the community has access to information and
resources in the event of a heatwave.
• keeping the home cool;
• keeping out of the heat;
• keeping the body cool and hydrated;
• helping others;
• steps to take if you have a health problem;
• and, steps to take if others feel unwell.
• Stay out of the sun
• Drink plenty of water
• Ensure air conditioner s are working and use them when
• Check on any elderly relatives or neighbour s you may have
• Attend any heat-related public meetings organised by the
As par t of the policy Council will produce information kits, complete
with the helpful tips of coping with the heat.
Council is also looking to develop two cool rooms across the Shire
where the heat vulnerable could seek relief.
These will be powered by diesel generator s and especially useful if
there is a power failure caused by the heat.
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